Christmas isn’t even here yet, and parks are already solidifying their plans for 2011. Busch Gardens Tampa has just released their full list of events for the coming year. Rumors were swirling around that certain events such as Bands, Brew &BBQ would not return due to huge budget cuts. However it just pushes home what BGT PR always tells the fans “You can’t believe rumors.”
Here’s the line up for 2011:
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The newest edition to the BGT line up is Ramp Jam, which was a huge success at Busch Gardens Williamsburg last year. The event is going to not only include skaters, and BMX riders, but also local bands. From the official press release:
Gwazi will go down immediately after the Holiday rush in January to be refitted with Millennium Flyer trains. The trains will allow for a smoother ride and should allow for guests with larger dimensions (hips) to ride more comfortably. The new trains could be revealed as soon as the first part of Feb. 2011
After the opening of Cheetah Hunt, Rhino Rally will undergo an extensive rehab that will add more to the attraction. The water portion of the attraction has been closed to make room for Cheetah Hunt, and because it always had issues since it’s opening. The new section will add more animal interactions and a new thrilling part of the ride.
No Howl O Scream for 2011. Budget cuts, and falling attendance for the event have many speculating that the event will happen not happen at all. Others say that the park will have Howl O Scream, but it will be toned down, and not be an extra ticket event. It will be more like Busch Gardens Williamsburg and be “family friendly” in parts. This could also be because of the opening of Legoland Florida in October which is expected to draw families away from the coaster heavy park. Other rumors say that Busch Gardens Williamsburg will keep their Howl O Scream, but it will be an extra ticket event and amped up to be less family friendly.
These are just rumors and likely not true, but still fun to speculate.